"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." --- Isaiah 55:12
So Mrs. Youtube Watcher (me) heard tons of this last month:
"Get prepared (or else!)!"
"Hard, bad times are coming."
"Prep as though your life depends upon it!"
"Grow a huge garden! Small ones don't count."
"Work all day long! Work! Work! Work!"
"Be angry at what the government is doing to us!"
Well, ol' Debra lives a different way. These past 2 years (especially) she calmly checks her master stock-up list to see which items are low, then adds those non-perishables to her weekly Aldi list. Three, maybe four at a time. (No hoarding or panic allowed.)
During rest times (many) with slow good-byes and final reads, she cleared 320 books from her shelves. Over 2 years she strolled with them down to the Salvation Army drop-off. The empty bookshelves? She filled those with Aldi groceries, placing curtains or framed art in front of them.
No harried supermarket trips amongst wild crowds at her little store.
Sitting in front of garden beds with her hand-rake, she cleared the leaves away. This required weeks, but got her humming out in the sunshine.
She dumped pots of old soil into the compost, added her secret ingredients, waited some days, then poured the 'new soil' into pots. Afterward she planted seeds or kitchen cuttings like celery, green onions, carrot tops.
She should've planted seeds indoors by March, but no one is perfect. ヅ
Oh, and she moved pots to places where she can more easily water them. This year ol' Debra is about making all work easier, simpler and more pleasant for her 63-year-old body and mind.
Like I said, she sits on her red couch and watches Youtube where she learns all sorts of things about preparing for the future, including financially. She actually tries some ideas and some succeed for her, others don't, but her life feels as though it's progressing.
Slowly, inch by inch, lovely day by lovely day, progressing.
Of course, she realizes some folks thrive on hurry, hurry, hurry! Work! Work! Work! And hey, if they're truly thriving, loving Life that way, why not? Wonderful for them.
But Ol' Debra must choose a different route. She knows herself; the one-step-at-a-time way God created her--and probably that's why He started her prepping early, like 6 years ago. Whatever's ahead in the road she'll be prepared, just after a calmer, still-loving-Life pace resembling this one:
"And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful." ---Colossians 3:15
And all shall continue to be well as long as she follows Grace.
I find balance, vital. As a Country, we're currently in spiritual warfare so we must do whatever it takes to remain strong. Wearing ourselves into physical and mental weakness will not do that.
I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly to the full until it overflows." --John 10:10 (amp)
"The American dream is to chart your own course. To succeed or fail, but to have a square opportunity ..." ---Glenn Beck
Reading, reading. Debra does lots of comfort reading and here are some of her favorite authors over at Open Library.
Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be.
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15